Ring in 2020 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade
Thousands of New Orleans locals and visitors to the Big Easy flood the streets of the French Quarter every New Year’s Eve for some of the biggest parties of the year. New Year’s Eve 2019 is shaping up to be a jam-packed day and night of celebrations, starting with the classic Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade and ending with the Crescent City Countdown in Jackson Square.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade is an annual parade in the Mardi Gras tradition that includes floats, bands, singers, and other performers. This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade begins at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street around 2:45 p.m. and will travel through the French Quarter up Decatur Street along the Mississippi River, passing iconic landmarks like The French Market and Cafe du Monde before finishing up at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, making it the perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve 2020.
Parade Safety Tips
In previous years, the parade has been a great way to celebrate, especially for those looking for family-friendly New Year’s Eve events. However, with COVID-19 risks and the possibility of thousands of people in attendance, we would suggest catching the live live broadcast by WDSU instead of packing the streets to view the parade. If you do plan to attend the parade in person, our legal team offers these tips and tricks to ring in 2021 safely in New Orleans.
Arriving early allows you and your family to find a great viewing spot during the parade before the streets get too crowded. It also gives you extra time to find parking.
Finding a parking spot will be more difficult than usual because of high attendance and street closures. Elysian Fields Avenue will be completely closed off from traffic from Decatur St. to North Peters Street, as will North Peters Street from Elysian Fields Avenue to Canal Street. You’ll likely find closures throughout the Marigny, French Quarter, and Central Business District.
Avoid parking spots that will make for a difficult exit once the parade is over. If you intend to stay for the Jackson Square nighttime celebrations, be sure to park in a spot that is well lit. If you want to avoid parking woes altogether, you can always utilize public transit or a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft.
Mind the Barricades
Stay behind barricades during the parade at all times. They exist for good reason: to protect viewers and parade participants alike. Children should not sit on top of or climb over barricades for any reason during the course of the parade. Always follow directions from police and parade officials.
Report Suspicious Activity
Keep an eye on your surroundings. Report any suspicious activity to police, who will be stationed throughout the event for your safety.
Bring Water and Snacks
Restaurants and convenience stores along the parade route may be full to capacity. Bring some water and a couple snacks to tide everyone over until dinner.
Dress for the Weather
Double check the weather forecast before you leave the house. While New Orleans winters are rather mild in comparison to other parts of the country, some rainfall could be expected this year on December 31. Bundle up and maybe bring an umbrella just in case.
Use the Buddy System
If you’re planning on attending the parade with kids, make sure the group stays together. If you need to separate for any reason, make sure everyone has a companion and doesn’t wander off alone.
Choose a Designated Driver
If you’re planning on doing any drinking at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade, Fan Fest, or during the Crescent City Countdown, make sure you arrange to have a designated driver get everyone home safely.
If you accidentally imbibe a bit too much on New Year’s Eve 2019 and find yourself without a ride, you can use a rideshare service, a designated driver service (that will drive you and your vehicle home, if you’re worried about being towed) or the SaferRide app, in which you can find a taxi or contact a friend to come get you. The app automatically pinpoints where you’re located if you’re significantly impaired and need assistance.
Happy New Year from Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys
We hope you enjoy the best that New Orleans has to offer on New Year’s Eve 2019 by attending Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade. Stay safe! If you or a loved one has been injured due to another’s negligence or recklessness over the holiday season, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today.
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